Teaching kids about head injury prevention

9/7/2011 12:00 AM

The emergency departments at Cottage Grove Community Hospital and PeaceHealth's other two medical centers see too many young people with serious head injuriesmany of them caused by accidents that could have been less serious or avoided altogether. Boys ages 7 to 14 have the highest rate of death from bicycle accidents, 70% of which involve head injuries. With school back in session this month, it's a crucial time to remind kids about the importance of wearing properly-fitted helmets when riding a bike, andfor teenagersabout the dangers of careless or impaired driving. Through PeaceHealth's Trauma Nurses Talk from the Heart program, our nurses visit schools throughout the region to talk to kids about injury prevention. The goal of the program is to give students tools to recognize potentially harmful situations and practice safe behaviors to avoid injury. The presentations are free to any school, elementary through high school; the nurses also have free helmet vouchers available for children who can't afford them. Mention the program to your child's school principal, or call 541-686-6857 for more information. Meanwhile, click here for more information about head injuries in children.